Bombardier Awards Global 7000 and Global 8000 Aircraft Final Assembly to its Toronto Site

Bombardier Aerospace today announced that final assembly of its new Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets will take place at its manufacturing site in Toronto, Ontario.

“Our Toronto site employees have the knowledge and expertise required to assemble these two new business aircraft,” said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Their contribution and dedication to manufacturing world-class aircraft are instrumental in helping Bombardier expand its leadership position in the business aircraft market.”

“The final assembly of the Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft will also build on the distinguished 83-year heritage of our Toronto site. Our partnership with the Canadian Auto Workers, Local 112 was key to bringing these work packages to Toronto, a site which has, throughout its history, played a role in making Canada a major player in the international aerospace industry,” added Mr. Ridolfi.

“We are delighted to have these new work packages and the jobs they will bring to Toronto,” said Merv Gray, Plant Chair, Local 112, Canadian Auto Workers. “Our members take great pride in their work and are confident they will continue to contribute to Bombardier Aerospace’s long-term success.”

Bombardier continues to evaluate options for the production support work package, which includes functions such as technical publications and procurement in support of the manufacturing program.

With roots dating back to 1928, upwards of 8,000 aircraft have been produced at the Toronto site, and its aircraft production heritage has been widely lauded. Bombardier’s Toronto site currently manufactures wings for the Learjet 40 and Learjet 45 corporate jets and assembles the Global 5000 and Global 6000 business jets, as well as the Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner. Following final assembly, the majority of current production Global aircraft are flown to Bombardier's Global Completion Centre in Montréal to be outfitted with customer-specified exterior paint schemes, interiors and aircraft electronics.

“It is a testament to the superior workmanship, quality and dedication of our Toronto team that they are now responsible for final assembly of the entire Global business jet family,” said Simon Roberts, Vice President and General Manager, Turboprops & Toronto Site, Bombardier Aerospace. “I am confident that as for the Global 5000 and Global 6000 jets, final assembly for the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft is in good hands at our Toronto manufacturing site.”

Global 7000 aircraft: Featuring a spacious four-zone cabin, this aircraft sets the benchmark for a new category of large business jets. With a volume of 2,637 cu. ft. (74.67 cu. m.), passengers will enjoy 20 per cent more living space than the cabin of the Global 6000 aircraft, the current industry leader. The aircraft will have a high-speed cruise of M 0.90* and a range of 7,300 nm (13,520 km) at M 0.85*. It will fly Sydney-Dubai, London-Singapore or Beijing-Washington non-stop with 10 passengers*. Entry-into-service is scheduled for 2016.

Global 8000 aircraft: Flying farther than any other business jet*, the Global 8000 aircraft will feature a superior three-zone, 2,236-cu.ft. (63.32-cu.m.) cabin and an impressive range of 7,900 nm (14,631 km) at M 0.85*. It will connect Sydney-Los Angeles, Hong Kong-New York and Mumbai-New York non-stop with eight passengers*. The Global 8000 jet will reach a high-speed cruise of M 0.90*. Entry-into-service is scheduled for 2017.

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Notes to Editors

  • Photo 1: Bombardier Aerospace and CAW executives today announced that final assembly of the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets will take place at Bombardier's manufacturing site in Toronto.  On hand to make the announcement are (from left to right)  Bombardier Business Aircraft President Steve Ridolfi; CAW Plant Chair Merv Gray (Local 112); Bombardier Toronto leader Simon Roberts; and Bombardier Aerospace President and COO Guy Hachey.

  • Photo 2: Simon Roberts, vice-president and general manager, Turboprops and Toronto site, Bombardier Aerospace (right) presents Merv Gray, Plant Chair, Canadian Auto Workers (Local 112) with a model of the Global 8000 ultra long range business jet aircraft.

  • Photo 3: More than 2,600 Bombardier Aerospace employees turned out to eagerly celebrate news that the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jet final assembly package will take place at Bombardier's manufacturing site in Toronto.  On hand to make the announcement was Guy Hachey, president and chief operating officer, Bombardier Aerospace (left).
  • Photo 4: Bombardier Aerospace employees in Toronto swarmed large-scale models of the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 long range business at an event where Bombardier and the Canadian Auto Workers announced that final assembly of these two new aircraft will be conducted at Bombardier's manufacturing site in Toronto.
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* Under certain operating conditions.

The Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft program is currently in the development phase and as such is subject to changes. All specifications and data remain approximate, may change without notice and are subject to certain operating rules, assumptions and other conditions.

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Danielle Boudreau
Bombardier Business Aircraft
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